The Chancel Roof
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The medieval chancel, finished around 1383, was reserved as a sacred space for the clergy and choristers. It was furnished with a wonderful chestnut ceiling, lavishly decorated with at least 252 panels, each depicting a black eagle with outspread wings, arched claws, a red beak and a long tongue.
Now darkened with age, the ceiling had remained in place, but sweeping alterations introduced by the civic authorities at various points after 1548 resulted in the construction of a discrete upper-storey for women.